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Every March (as well as any number of other months), those of us who aren’t into sportsketball ask ourselves this question: we do people care about sports at all? Vsauce has taken the question a bit further, and dug into why we—as a species—play games at all. Nerds, we’ve got more in common with those jocks than we might have thought. [Vsauce]More »


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Vuzix to introduce Ghost Recon-themed HUD glasses at CES |

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Vuzix to introduce Ghost Recon-themed HUD glasses at CES

08 January 2012

Wearable technology is big at CES this year, and head-mounted display specialist Vuzix isn’t about to be left behind. According to some preview images found by Bacon After Dark, the company will partner with UbiSoft and Nokia to bring some of the fancy headgear that the soldiers in the latest Ghost Recon game to life. They’re developing a real-world heads-up display for the upcoming game Ghost Recon: Future Soldier that will bring elements of a traditional shooter HUD off the screen, and onto a scifi-style headset of your very own.

Vuzix’s SMART glasses will transmit in-game information directly to the transflexive lenses in the Oakley-style glasses, eliminating the need for much of the “video game” style information on screen and giving the player a more real experience. Well, as real as a “futuristic” shooter can be. The technology allows the wearer to see through the lenses while displaying relevant information, and it’s on loan from Nokia.

Vuzix will unveil the new shades at CES in Las Vegas this week, so we’ll be sure to give them a try in conjunction with Future Soldier. There’s no word on when you can pick up a pair of SMART glasses or for how much, but there is some good news for the fashion-conscious: the glasses will work as regular sunglasses when worn away from gameplay.

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Building a spaceship generally isn’t something you do on a whim. But that’s not quite the case with this tiny one, which can be fully printed by lasers in under a minute. Using mirrors and—fittingly—lasers, the laser lithography system flashes laser power to solidify piles of powdered polymer into a pretty sweet little model of the Hellcat from Wing Commander. I want one for my desk. And a microscope to admire it. [Nanoscibe via DVICE]More »


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Victorinox shows off $3000 1 terabyte SSD/Swiss Army Knife |

If you’re reading this, odds are pretty good that you’d want a one terabyte SSD drive. But how much are you willing to pay for it? If the anwser is “three big boys”, Swiss army knife maker Victorinox has something that’s right up your alley. That’s the asking price for the 1TB / Swiss army knife combo they’re showing off at CES.

The unit comes with a tiny terabyte drive encased in plastic, and swappable sleeves can apply a standard knife/scissors/file combo, or a non-bladed metal sleeve for airline travel. The drive’s connector works on both USB 3.0 and e-SATA, and the drive’s 256-bit security should make the most hardcore of security advocates happy. Failing that, an auto-destruct mode (software only, of course) will enable if it detects a brute force attack.

The drive won’t be available until August, and a Victorinox associate said that they’re still considering the $ 3K price. (For that much, I’d like a fold-out cappuccino machine and a death laser.) For the more economically practical, the company is still offering its flash drive/knife combos.

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Virgin Galatic Begins Accepting Bitcoins As Payment

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If you’re hoping to visit space one day through Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space program, you can now pay for your trip in bitcoins. That is, if you’ve got the $250,000 worth of the virtual currency needed to book a seat on one of Virgin Galactic’s spacecrafts. In fact, one future space tourist has already bought a ticket into space with bitcoins.

Bitcoin has only been around for a few years now and its value has skyrocketed since its introduction. A single bitcoin was worth $10 just two years ago; last week, bitcoins reached an all-time high of $900 each after tripling in value in less than a month. The other big news for bitcoin is that the U.S. Senate recognized it as a legitimate financial service. However, the American government is yet to approve bitcoin as a legitimate form of currency.

Branson explains his decision to accept bitcoins as payment by comparing the futuristic and limitless possibilities embodied by Virgin Galactic’s space tourism and bitcoin’s universal currency:

“Virgin Galactic is one of the universe’s most exciting, futuristic companies. Bitcoin [is] one of the world’s most innovative businesses looking to the future. So [it’s] about time Virgin Galactic customers can choose to pay with bitcoins.”

He adds that he has invested in bitcoins himself, reinforcing his belief that the revolutionary currency will continue to grow in popularity and gain recognition as a legitimate form of currency around the world. Branson also commends other organizations who have begun considering accepting bitcoins as well—including a university in Cyprus that recently made it possible for students to pay tuition fees using bitcoins.

“All of our future astronauts are pioneers in their own right, and this is one more way to be forward-thinking.”

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